The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Work +1 809 535 9511
Fax +1 809 535 6649
Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Moscow, New York, Puerto Plata and 6 more

Dominican Republic

Corporate and finance
Corporate and finance - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti fields ‘a variety of lawyers, each with different strengths’: key corporate/finance figures include Georges Santoni, María Esther Fernández, Roman Medina, José Maldonado and name partner and ‘ethical gentleman’ Luis Heredia. Of counsel Jonathan Russin, who divides his time between Washington DC and Santo Domingo, is also active in the space. The ‘very responsive’ practice handles a substantial volume of cross-border mandates; recent matters saw Santoni act for Emerson Electric on the spin-off of its Network Power business, involving a subsidiary in the Dominican Republic; and Russin advised call-centre operator Acquire BPO on the incorporation and operation of a subsidiary in Santo Domingo. The team advises clients on business plans, financial regulations and project financing (it also handles distribution agreements), and is commended for its ‘clear, concise, understandable advice’ and value for money. Associate Mónica Villafaña is singled out for her ‘timely responses’ and ‘in-depth responses’. Other clients include Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer and Pfizer.

Leading lawyers

Georges Santoni - Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Georges Santoni, María Esther Fernández and José Maldonado are the key dispute resolution partners at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, and of counsel Jonathan Russin, who divides his time between Washington DC and Santo Domingo, also participates in contentious matters. The ‘highly responsive’ department has been particularly active in relation to the country’s onerous Ley 173, which governs distribution contracts: defending Zoetis against actions brought by Veterinaria del Norte, demanding both $10m in damages and a termination of its distribution agreement; and defending Robert Bosch against a $20m claim by JOCASA based on the alleged de facto exclusivity of its distribution role. The team is also active in the aviation sector, advising Delta Air Lines on its prosecution of an alleged fraudster accused of credit card cloning for approximately $400,000; it also defended United Parcel Service against a $345,000 torts compensation claim brought by Aerotim Cargo. Other clients include Almacenes Sema, Isla Dominicana de Petroleo Corporation and Bayer.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Rosa Campillo leads the team at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, and has done so for nearly 25 years; she is supported by associates Monika Fiallo Paradas and Laura Cruz Félix. The department assists clients with the protection of their trade marks, industrial designs, software and domain names and copyright, as well as offering advice on protection against online piracy. Longstanding clients include Pfizer, Facebook, Apple Inc and Novartis; more recently, the team has been instructed by South Hills Designs and Nature’s Sunshine Products.

[back to top]

Real estate and tourism
Real estate and tourism - ranked: tier 2

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti’s ‘excellent’ practice has particular experience in representing local and international developers on real estate projects, including the acquisition of land and other assets. Georges Santoni, Roman Medina, María Esther Fernández and José Maldonado are the key partners active in the real estate and tourism sector and recent activity saw Maldonado advise the Martinez Garcia family on the $1.7m sale of 2,500m² of land to supermarket Bravo. He also assisted the Gadala Maria family with the distribution of 115 properties among family members. The ‘experienced, dedicated’ Medina is praised as ‘thoughtful, thorough, intelligent and hardworking’.

[back to top]

Further information on Russin & Vecchi LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Russin & Vecchi LLP in other jurisdictions.

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • New requirement for all issuers operating on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.
  • PRIIPs KID: The final pieces of the puzzle

    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
  • MiFID II: Further guidance on product governance requirements

    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
  • Arendt & Medernach is again the “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year”

    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.